Finding God, Living Orthodoxy: The Journey Starts Here. The Bible Church that's in the Bible!
Modern Americans are discovering the original, authentic Christian Faith of the disciples of Jesus.
"The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch."Acts of the Apostles 11:26
The Orthodox Church is Evangelical but not Protestant.
We are Orthodox but not Jewish.
We are Catholic but not Roman.
We are not non-denominational but pre-denominational.
We are the first Church to be called Christian.
We were founded by the Apostle Peter in 34 AD.
Rooted in Jesus Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit,
we stand in unbroken connection with all those who have
believed, preserved, proclaimed, defended and laid down their lives
for the Holy Gospel since the day of Pentecost.
Many Members-One Body of Christ
What makes the Orthodox Church The Way, The Truth and The Life.
The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church
The Church is One
The Church is one because it has One Lord, One Savior, One Great High Priest and Intercessor Jesus Christ who is the image of God the Father, who made the Heavens and the Earth, who is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament, who alone trampeled down death by death and rose again, who offers all all men salvation through repentance, faithful belief and service in His Kingdom and who will return to Judge the Living and the Dead, who's Kingdom is at hand and will have no end. That the Church is His true body and that He is present within it.
The Church is Holy
The Church is Holy because God the Father has sent the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to indwell the Body of Christ to fill the Holy Church with power from on high, to guide it into all truth and preserve it unconquered forever. That the faithful members of the one true believing and right worshipping church, laity, clergy, and Hierarchs are true icons of His holiness. That the living presence of the Lord Jesus Christ is truely and mystically present in the transformative reality which are the Church's Holy Sacraments and that these Mysteries make those dead through sin alive in Christ. The Church is Holy because its martyrs have sanctified it with their blood, witness and sacrifice. The Church is holy because through the prayers of its acetics, monastics, and holy Elders it leads all people to salvation through the pratice of Cross-Bearing, self denial, lived and living repentance, and the aquisition of the Holy Spirit leading to Theosis, bearing witness that God became man that men might become a true partakers of the Divine Nature becoming through grace what Christ was by nature.
The Church is Catholic
The Church is catholic because it is complete and whole in itself, lacking nothing, that it preserves, defends, and proclaims the unchanging faith of the Holy Apostles as delivered to them by Jesus Christ himself, neither adding anything or taking anything away from the Faith "Once delivered to the Saints." The Church is catholic beause it stands fast and holds the traditions which were taught, whether by spoken word in Holy Tradition or in Holy Scripture. The Church is catholic because it possesses the fullness of the written revelation of God in its Holy Scriptures, which it interprets though the wisdom of the Church Fathers and proclaims the Good News of the Holy Gospel in order to make disciples of all nations.
The Church is Apostolic
The Church is Apostolic because it was founded by Jesus Christ himself through his Great Commission of Holy Apostles, that the authority and power of the apostolic office is conferred on their successors through the laying on of hands in consecration, ordination, and holy orders and that every Orthodox Church lives in unbroken continuity to the Holy Apostles through the Apostolic Succession of its Hierarchs from its foundation to the present living generation. The Church is apostolic because through the priesthood of every believer, it has been sent into the world to make discples, to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel, and to intercede on behalf of all and for all.
“Ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find peace for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16